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Sorry, Samsung fans: It looks like Galaxy S5 won’t be cheaper after all

Samsung Galaxy S5 Price

Although Samsung has reportedly considered pricing the Galaxy S5 lower than it priced the Galaxy S4, new information posted by U.K.-based retailer Clove suggests that Samsung's next big thing will have the same price as its last big thing, if not higher. SamMobile notices that Clove is now taking preorders for the device starting at "£499.99 (£599.99 after taxes), which comes out to around $1000." Similarly, Amazon Spain is taking preorders for the 16GB Galaxy S5 starting at €730, which also comes out to around $1,000. In other words, anyone who was hoping to get the Galaxy S5 for less than the Galaxy S4's original $640 off-contract price is likely to be sorely disappointed.

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Brad Reed

February 28th

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If You’re Going To Watch One Video Of A 3D-Printed Clock That Writes The Time, Make It This One

The machines. They are learning. The Plotclock is a small, 3D-printed clock that forgoes the traditional gears and springs for servos and an Arduino microcontroller. It writes the time. And then erases it. Then writes the time again, continuing forever even though the white board will quickly descend into a smudgy mess of partially erased ink. It’s a simple device: One servo lifts the pen… Read More

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Matt Burns

February 28th

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Awesome ‘iPro’ Concept: If the iMac had Mac Pro’s baby, this is what it would look like

iPro Concept iMac Mac Pro

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Mac, long-time Apple fan Kurt Merki Jr. has imagined a new Apple computer that would incorporate some of the best features of the iMac, Cinema Display and the Mac Pro. The iPro all-in-one is a concept desktop for professionals that proposes "epic proportions in all ways."

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Chris Smith

February 28th

Apple

Video: This cool hack automatically stops Netflix when you fall asleep

Netflix Fitbit Sleep Tracker Hack

A recent internal Netflix 24-hour Hack Day had employees come up with new creative ways of improving the company’s product, TechCrunch reveals, with one interesting hack connecting a wearable device – the Fitbit band in this case – to Netflix in order to automatically stop video playback when the user falls asleep. By picking up and analyzing movements, the software can tell when the user is falling asleep and stop the show he or she is watching. When the viewer returns to Netflix, he or she can resume the show from the moment the user fell asleep.

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Chris Smith

February 28th

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Apple will soon charge for out-of-warranty chat support, schedule repairs via new web payment system

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Apple is about to begin charging users outside of their warranty for online chat support using a new web payment system it recently developed. Sources familiar with the project say Apple is currently expecting to launch the new paid chat support, which will also let customers schedule repairs and replacements online, as early as next week. Here’s how it works:

Much like Apple handles support calls over the phone, soon only customers within their warranty period will be able to access online chat support through getsupport.apple.com for free. For others, Apple will charge what it refers to as a “pay per incident” fee or require the purchase of an extended warranty through AppleCare. Previously all online support chat features were available for free to users worldwide. Some users might have noticed back in August when Apple revamped its support sites that it started listing a $19.99 per incident fee for chat support. However, up until now AppleCare hasn’t actually been charging users to access the feature.

Not only will this make online chat support an official support channel for Apple, it will also close up a loophole that allowed users to get free technical or diagnostic support and avoid paying for over the phone services or AppleCare.

Before rolling out the paid chat support, Apple had to develop a new web payment system that would allow it to accept payments through chat and keep user info secure when transferred between support agents, according to our sources. Using the new web payment system, we’re told Apple plans to offer the ability to set up hardware repairs and replacements that require a hold on a credit card or pay per incident fee via chat support. Rather than having to call in, users will be sent a link that’s live for 24 hours in order to complete the payment.

As for pricing, Apple will charge a fee of $19 for a single incident of basic tech support and troubleshooting. There will, however, be an option for users to request an exception on the fee. Up until the official launch of the paid online chat, AppleCare employees have been instructed to grant exceptions on all cases.

We’re told Apple will continue to waive the fee for iCloud issues as well as accidental damage cases where users just want to setup a repair or replacement via chat.

Apple representatives are expected to begin charging the $19 per incident fee for online chat support worldwide starting next week.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: AppleCare, chat support, online chat, out-of-warranty, paid, paid chat, per incident payment, repairs, replacements, web payment

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Jordan Kahn

February 28th

Apple

Mac

Here is what’s coming in the Xbox One’s major March update

Xbox One March Update

Microsoft's Xbox One video game console got its first big update earlier this month, and it brought with it various fixes and enhancements (most importantly for me personally, I can now say "Xbox on" a single time to turn the console on instead of having to shout the phrase 437 times before it finally booted). Updates for Microsoft's new console are coming hot and heavy, however, and another major software release is due next month. Some users got early access to the March update and we provided preliminary details earlier this week. Now that gamers have had some time with the new software, however, additional details have come to light.

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Zach Epstein

February 28th

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9to5Toys Last Call: Dr. Seuss iOS apps up to 80% off, Beats in-ear headphones 60% off, iOS 7 dev course $59, more

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Dan DeSilva

February 28th

Apple

Mac

Video: This credit card-sized battery can ‘hypercharge’ your smartphone

LithiumCard Fast-Charging Smartphone Battery

LinearFlux on Thursday launched its Indiegogo funding campaign for a very interesting external battery charger project for mobile devices – the LithiumCard, “the world’s only ‘Rechargeable HyperCharger.’” The LithiumCard has about the same size of a credit card, while being slightly thicker, and thus it can be carried around in a regular wallet. The battery can hold a charge of 1200mAh, and, most interestingly, sports a fast charging technology that the company claims can charge devices faster than similar products from competitors.

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Chris Smith

February 28th

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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: All MWC Everything

Reporters are drunkenly finding their way home from a long week in Barcelona, where the Mobile World Congress conference yielded a number of exciting new phones and tablets. Most notably, Samsung launched the Galaxy s5, Nokia launched a new Nokia X line of Android/Windows Phone hybrid devices, and we finally got up close and personal with the BlackPhone. We discuss all this and more on this… Read More

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Jordan Crook

February 28th

Gadgets

Mobile

How Google plans to beef up Android security

How Android's Verify Apps Feature Works

While Sundar Pichai’s statements regarding Android malware and security have been misinterpreted, Google plans to further increase the security of its mobile operating systems just as the executive said. ComputerWorld reports that the company is soon going to update its “Verify Apps” feature to constantly monitor app behavior in the background and figure out whether an app has any malicious intents.

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Chris Smith

February 28th

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